July 29, 2005

Linux Advisory Watch - July 29, 2005

Author: Benjamin D. Thomas

This week, perhaps the most interesting articles include cacti, heimdal, webcalendar,
ekg, phpbb2, setarch, openoffice, pvm, fetchmail, mozilla,devhelp, yelp, subversion,
zlib, kdenetwork, perl, module-init-tools, mgetty, system-config-netboot, libsepol,
gnbc-kernel, dlm-kernel, cman-kernel, util-linux, tar, gcc, libtool, audit,
zlib, apr, pam_ldap, fetchmail, sandbox, Koptete, Clam, Ethereal, cpio, kdenetwork,
httpd, and dhcpd. The distributors include Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, and Red Hat.Network Intrusion Prevention Systems When Theyre Valuable, and When
Theyre Not and When Theyre Not

By: Daniel Miessler

Anyone keeping track of the security vendor/technology hype knows that IPS
has quickly replaced IDS as the "next big thing". Depending on who you are,
you may chalk this up to yet another infosec fad, or you could be of the opinion
that IPS is actually making good on the promises that IDS never lived up to.
I think it can be both depending on your situation.

What NIPS Isnt

First and foremost, NIPS is not a tool for stopping elite crackers. That
may be how its being marketed, but its crap. If youre the type to fall
for that sort of hype then youre probably in a lot more danger than any
given technology can help you with.

Whether or not IPS is worthless or a godsend to your organization hinges
on a single question "How good is your organization at staying patched?"
This is the single question that organizations need to be asking themselves
when considering network intrusion prevention technology.

The reason this question matters is because of the fact that NIPS only
protects you against vulnerabilities that you can mitigate by applying
patches and/or implementing other controls. If you are a relatively small
organization with a highly technical administrative/security staff that
keeps your systems constantly patched and locked down, a network IPS cant
offer you much of anything. Despite claims to the contrary, a network IPS
system is about as good at stopping zero-day attacks as wordpad.exe.

Remember, stout security teams knows their systems. They read advisories
daily and know whats in the wild and whats likely to be there soon. A
team like this can more than likely patch their systems and/or mitigate
the risk to their organization in other ways before a NIPS vendor can
release a signature for their product. The benefit gained from someone
blocking exploits at the perimeter at that point is virtually null. In
short, anything thats going to compromise a fully patched and locked
down system is going to walk right through a NIPS as well.

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and chgrp. If you'd like a refresher, one is available right here on linuxsecurity.com.

Introduction:
Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities
- Buffer overflows are a leading type
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how it can be exploited, and what countermeasures can be taken to prevent
the use of buffer overflow vulnerabilities.

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- Welcome to the first
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is Linux file permissions. It offers an easy to follow explanation of how
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   Debian
  Debian: New cacti packages fix several
vulnerabilities
  21st, July, 2005
Several vulnerabilities have been discovered in cacti, a round-robin
database (RRD) tool that helps create graphs from database information.
 
  Debian: New webcalendar package fixes
information disclosure
  27th, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
  Debian: New heimdal packages fix arbitrary
code execution
  27th, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
  Debian: New ekg packages fix arbitrary
code execution
  27th, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
  Debian: New phpbb2 packages fix cross-site
scripting
  27th, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
   Fedora
  Fedora Core 4 Update: setarch-1.8-1.FC4
  21st, July, 2005
Bugfix package release.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: openoffice.org-1.9.117-3.1.0.fc4
  21st, July, 2005
Updated package released.
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: pvm-3.4.5-5_FC3
  21st, July, 2005
Updated package released.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: pvm-3.4.5-5_FC4
  21st, July, 2005
Updated package released.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: fetchmail-6.2.5-7.fc4.1
  21st, July, 2005
A buffer overflow was discovered in fetchmail's POP3 client.
A malicious server could cause fetchmail to execute arbitrary code. The
Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project has assigned the name CAN-2005-2355
to this issue. All fetchmail users should upgrade to the updated package,
which fixes this issue.
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: fetchmail-6.2.5-7.fc3.1
  21st, July, 2005
A buffer overflow was discovered in fetchmail's POP3 client.
A malicious server could cause fetchmail to execute arbitrary code. The
Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project has assigned the name CAN-2005-2355
to this issue. All fetchmail users should upgrade to the updated package,
which fixes this issue.
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: mozilla-1.7.10-1.3.1
  22nd, July, 2005
Package repairs various vulnerabilities.
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: epiphany-1.4.4-4.3.5
  22nd, July, 2005
There were several security flaws found in the mozilla package,
which epiphany depends on. Users of epiphany are advised to upgrade to
this updated package which has been rebuilt against a version of mozilla
not vulnerable to these flaws.
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: devhelp-0.9.2-2.3.5
  22nd, July, 2005
There were several security flaws found in the mozilla package,
which devhelp depends on. Users of devhelp are advised to upgrade to this
updated package which has been rebuilt against a version of mozilla not
vulnerable to these flaws.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: mozilla-1.7.10-1.5.1
  22nd, July, 2005
Package repairs various vulnerabilities.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: epiphany-1.6.3-2
  22nd, July, 2005
There were several security flaws found in the mozilla package,
which epiphany depends on. Users of epiphany are advised to upgrade to
this updated package which has been rebuilt against a version of mozilla
not vulnerable to these flaws.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: devhelp-0.10-1.4.1
  22nd, July, 2005
There were several security flaws found in the mozilla package,
which devhelp depends on. Users of devhelp are advised to upgrade to this
updated package which has been rebuilt against a version of mozilla not
vulnerable to these flaws.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: yelp-2.10.0-1.4.1
  22nd, July, 2005
There were several security flaws found in the mozilla package,
which yelp depends on. Users of yelp are advised to upgrade to this updated
package which has been rebuilt against a version of mozilla not vulnerable
to these flaws.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: subversion-1.2.1-2.1
  22nd, July, 2005
This update contains the latest release of Subversion. Subversion
1.2 adds support for locking (reserved checkouts), and includes many bug
fixes and improvements.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: zlib-1.2.2.2-5.fc4
  22nd, July, 2005
Fix zlib buffer overflow.
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: zlib-1.2.1.2-3.fc3
  22nd, July, 2005
Fix zlib buffer overflow.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: kdenetwork-3.4.1-0.fc4.2
  22nd, July, 2005
Multiple integer overflow flaws were found in the way Kopete
processes Gadu-Gadu messages. A remote attacker could send a specially
crafted Gadu-Gadu message which would cause Kopete to crash or possibly
execute arbitrary code.
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: kdenetwork-3.3.1-3.2
  22nd, July, 2005
Multiple integer overflow flaws were found in the way Kopete
processes Gadu-Gadu messages. A remote attacker could send a specially
crafted Gadu-Gadu message which would cause Kopete to crash or possibly
execute arbitrary code.
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: perl-5.8.5-14.FC3
  22nd, July, 2005
Paul Szabo discovered another vulnerability in the File::Path::rmtree
function of perl, the popular scripting language. When a process is deleting
a directory tree, a different user could exploit a race condition to create
setuid binaries in this directory tree, provided that he already had write
permissions in any subdirectory of that tree. Perl interpreter would cause
a segmentation fault when environment changes during the runtime. Code
in lib/FindBin contained a regression which caused problems with MRTG
software package.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: module-init-tools-3.1-4
  22nd, July, 2005
This fixes a crash in depmod when encountering certain misbuilt
modules.
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: mgetty-1.1.31-3_FC3
  22nd, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: system-config-netboot-0.1.22-1_FC4
  22nd, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: system-config-netboot-0.1.22-1_FC3
  22nd, July, 2005
Update package.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: setools-2.1.1-2
  24th, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: nfs-utils-1.0.7-10
  24th, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: libsepol-1.5.10-1.1
  25th, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: gnbd-kernel-2.6.11.2-20050420.133124.FC4.43
  25th, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: dlm-kernel-2.6.11.5-20050601.152643.FC4.10
  25th, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: cman-kernel-2.6.11.5-20050601.152643.FC4.9
  25th, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: GFS-kernel-2.6.11.8-20050601.152643.FC4.9
  25th, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: gnome-panel-2.10.1-10.2
  26th, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: system-config-printer-0.6.131.3-1
  26th, July, 2005
This release fixes an unwanted interaction with SELinux when
writing configuration files, and adds preliminary support for a future
HPLIP package.
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: util-linux-2.12a-24.4
  27th, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: tar-1.15.1-7.FC4
  27th, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: tar-1.14-5.FC3
  27th, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: util-linux-2.12p-9.7
  27th, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: gcc-4.0.1-4.fc4
  27th, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: libtool-1.5.16.multilib2-2
  27th, July, 2005
This update needs to accompany gcc-4.0.1 update.
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: gcc-3.4.4-2.fc3
  27th, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: system-config-bind-4.0.0-20_FC4
  27th, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: system-config-bind-4.0.0-20
  27th, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: mgetty-1.1.33-3_FC4
  27th, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: mgetty-1.1.31-4_FC3
  27th, July, 2005
Updated package.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: apr-0.9.6-3.1
  27th, July, 2005
This update includes an updated libtool script to synchronize
with the gcc 4.0.1 update.
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: audit-0.9.19-2.FC4
  27th, July, 2005
This update quietens some error messages, fixes support for
long file names, and allows 32 bit machines to search in logs created
by 64 bit kernel.
 
   Gentoo
  Gentoo: zlib Buffer overflow
  22nd, July, 2005
zlib is vulnerable to a buffer overflow which could potentially
lead to execution of arbitrary code.
 
  Gentoo: Shorewall Security policy bypass
  22nd, July, 2005
A vulnerability in Shorewall allows clients authenticated by
MAC address filtering to bypass all other security rules.
 
  Gentoo: Mozilla Thunderbird Multiple
vulnerabilities
  24th, July, 2005
Several vulnerabilities in Mozilla Thunderbird allow attacks
ranging from execution of script code with elevated privileges to information
leak.
 
  Gentoo: pam_ldap and nss_ldap Plain text
authentication
  24th, July, 2005
pam_ldap and nss_ldap fail to restart TLS when following a referral,
possibly leading to credentials being sent in plain text.
 
  Gentoo: fetchmail Buffer Overflow
  25th, July, 2005
fetchmail is susceptible to a buffer overflow resulting in a
Denial of Service or arbitrary code execution.
 
  Gentoo: sandbox Insecure temporary file
handling
  25th, July, 2005
The sandbox utility may create temporary files in an insecure
manner.
 
  Gentoo: Kopete Vulnerability in included
Gadu library
  25th, July, 2005
Kopete is vulnerable to several input validation vulnerabilities
which may lead to execution of arbitrary code.
 
  Gentoo: Mozilla Suite Multiple vulnerabilities
  26th, July, 2005
Several vulnerabilities in the Mozilla Suite allow attacks ranging
from the execution of javascript code with elevated privileges to information
leakage.
 
  Gentoo: Clam AntiVirus Integer overflows
  26th, July, 2005
Clam AntiVirus is vulnerable to integer overflows when handling
several file formats, potentially resulting in the execution of arbitrary
code.
 
  Gentoo: GNU Gadu, CenterICQ, Kadu, EKG,
libgadu Remote code execution in Gadu library
  27th, July, 2005
GNU Gadu, CenterICQ, Kadu, EKG and libgadu are vulnerable to
an integer overflow which could potentially lead to the execution of arbitrary
code or a Denial of Service.
 
  Gentoo: Ethereal Multiple vulnerabilities
  28th, July, 2005
Ethereal is vulnerable to numerous vulnerabilities potentially
resulting in the execution of arbitrary code or abnormal termination.
 
   Red
Hat
  RedHat: Important: firefox security update
  21st, July, 2005
An updated firefox package that fixes various security bugs
is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4. This update has been
rated as having important security impact by the Red Hat Security Response
Team.
 
  RedHat: Low: cpio security update
  21st, July, 2005
An updated cpio package that fixes multiple issues is now available.
This update has been rated as having low security impact by the Red Hat
Security Response Team.
 
  RedHat: Important: zlib security update
  21st, July, 2005
Updated zlib packages that fix a buffer overflow are now available
for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4. This update has been rated as having important
security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
 
  RedHat: Important: thunderbird security
update
  21st, July, 2005
Updated thunderbird package that fixes various bugs is now available
for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4. This update has been rated as having important
security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
 
  RedHat: Critical: kdenetwork security
update
  21st, July, 2005
Updated kdenetwork packages to correct a security flaw in Kopete
are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4. This update has been
rated as having critical security impact by the Red Hat Security Response
Team.
 
  RedHat: Important: mozilla security update
  22nd, July, 2005
Updated mozilla packages that fix various security issues are
now available. This update has been rated as having important security
impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
 
  RedHat: Moderate: httpd security update
  25th, July, 2005
Updated Apache httpd packages to correct two security issues
are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and 4. This update has
been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red Hat Security
Response Team.
 
  RedHat: Important: fetchmail security
update
  25th, July, 2005
Updated fetchmail packages that fix a security flaw are now
available. This update has been rated as having important security impact
by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
 
  RedHat: Moderate: dhcpcd security update
  27th, July, 2005
An updated dhcpcd package that fixes a denial of service issue
is now available. This update has been rated as having moderate security
impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
 
  RedHat: Moderate: kdelibs security update
  27th, July, 2005
Updated kdelibs packages are now available for Red Hat Enterprise
Linux 4. This update has been rated as having moderate security impact
by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
 
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